Sierra Snowpack Is Above Normal This Winter

Jenna Lane
January 24, 2019 - 10:34 am

The sun may be shining now, but last week's storms were helpful in building up the snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas. 

The depth of the snow is above normal for the winter, according to state officials, after the mountains were buried under fresh snow last week. 

"We're sitting at about 115 percent of normal statewide," said Department of Water Resources spokesman Chris Orrocks.

That estimate is based upon automated sensors in the area. 

At the first official measurement at Phillips Station earlier this month, crews said the snow's depth was 67 percent of normal. 

Crews will return to the field next week for the next official reading at the station. 

"We're expecting another four to six feet," said Orrocks, referring to the amount of snow dropped in recent storms. 

At this time last year, the state's snowpack was at a dismal 23 percent of normal. 

There's good news about the state's reservoirs too. 

"Most of our major reservoirs are at or near 100 percent of historical average for this date," Orrocks said. "What's really good is Southern California. For years Southern California has been below average in precipitation. This year they are well above average from storms we didn't even receive in Northern California."

Written by Diana Shook.